The Massillon Amateur Radio Club

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PO Box 73
Massillon,  Ohio  44648


Serving Our Community Since 1927


 

 

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Next regular club meeting will be on:

 March 6, 2015

Meeting begins at 8:00 PM. Door open at 7:00 PM.

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Net Information


The West Stark Information Net convenes every Friday evening on the club's 147.18 repeater beginning at 8:00 PM. There is no net on club meeting night.

This is a general information net and  accepts all check-ins from the community. Current Net Manager is Tony Casebolt, KD8UXK. Contact him at kd8uxk@yahoo.com.

Net Managers are currently looking for stations to assist with net control duties. All training will be provided. 

Net Control Operators for March are as follows:

MAR  13 - KD8TNF

MAR 20 - W8DEA

MAR 27 - WD8MIU

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The Massillon MRN Net convenes every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings on 3600 Khz (+or- QRN) at 7:30 PM. 

This net is designed to provide code practice to all participants regardless of skill level. 


 

 

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Our Mission
It shall be our purpose to further amateur radio by serving the public; to promote technical knowledge, fraternalism, and individual operating proficiency; and to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community.


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The Stark County ARES Website provides the latest Public Service News. Click Below to visit their site.

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The ARRL New Public Service Handbook

Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook

 Amateur Radio has consistently been the most reliable means of communications when other systems have failed. Hams work closely with disaster relief agency officials from FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other response organizations to offer wireless communications aid. From wildfires and earthquakes to marathons and road races, when getting the message through is critical, ham radio works.

The Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook is for all hams that volunteer their time and skill to serve their communities. It provides knowledge needed for communicating quickly and effectively during disasters, emergencies, and community events, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the Amateur Radio Service and its unique role in supporting the public.

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Stark Co VEC Exam Schedule


The 2015  Stark County VE Exam Schedule has  been  set.

The first test session will be on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Stark County EMA Office.  The next test session will be on Saturday, May 9th also at the Stark Co EMA.

Go to our VEC Page for complete details.

 

 

June 27-28, 2015

Time to start planning for this years Field Day exercise !

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Our club repeater is always available for all operators. Use PL 110.9 Hz.

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What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. Learn More....


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Skywarn Spotter Training  

  (Feb 14, 2015) The Stark County EMA And Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Present 2015 Skywarn Spotter Training

This year’s training will be held on Monday, March 23rd and again on Thursday, March 26th at the Stark County EMA Office located at 4500 Atlantic Blvd (Lower Level), Canton, OH 44705.

Registration will begin at 6:00 PM with training starting at 6:30 PM and will consist of a webinar by National Weather Service trainers.

There is room for 25 persons at each training session. This year's training is for Amateur Radio Operators only.

Pre-Registration is required to insure seating is available for all participants. Please contact Terry Russ, N8ATZ at (330) 837 – 3091 or email to truss@sssnet.com  to register for the training.   The training will last approximately 2 hours with one break. This year’s training will again discuss what severe weather is; identifying potentially serious weather patterns; and reporting this information to the Cleveland NWS office.   

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


Club 2015 Program Schedule  

  (Feb 16, 2015) - - The MARC club program schedule is currently being completed with only a few scheduled programs that have not yet been confirmed. Programs are always subject to change but we have been working hard to bring you a nice variety of activities again this year.

We hope to have a mix of educational, technical, guest speakers and some just plain FUN items on tap for this year !

The full list thus far is posted on our Meeting Page. Have a look to see what's in store for 2015 and make sure you plan to join us to see your favorite program !


March Mentoring Class  

  (Feb 14, 2015) - - -  Continuing on the current theme of kit building and fox hunting, the March Mentoring Class will be on the construction of a Tape Measure Beam for Fox Hunting.

The class will again be held at the Massillon Senior Center on Saturday, March 7th. Doors open at 8:30 with class to begin at 9:00 AM. This months Mentor will be Dan Anastas, N8DZM our resident Fox Hunter. A kit of parts needed to construct the Tape Measure Beam will be available for $13.00. Contact Dan at ddann@sbcglobal.net or Wade, WD8MIU at (330) 704-2100 or by email to wd8miu@gmail.net  to secure your spot and antenna kit.

This will continue on in our April Mentoring Class which will be on learning how to Fox Hunt and will give you a chance to use both your Attenuator and Tape Measure Beam. This class will be held on Saturday, April 4th also at the Massillon Senior Center. Additional details will follow.


Awards Banquet Update  

(Feb 8, 2015) - -   The Massillon Amateur Radio Club's Annual Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 10th at the Massillon Senior Center, the home of the MARC with nearly 50 members and guests attending.

After opening remarks from outgoing President Ralph Bugg, K8HSQ, we enjoyed a fine hometown meal with all the trimmings including lots of great desserts catered by our own club member Shirley Treacle.  A complete wrap-up of the evenings events including the awards recipients is posted on our Banquet Page.


FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Effective February 17, 2015  

    [UPDATED 2015-01-29 1939 UTC] Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official electronic authorizations, as proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as part of its “process reform” initiatives.

Under the new procedures, licensees will access their current official authorization (“Active” status only) via the ULS License Manager. The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive one. Licensees also will be able to print out an official authorization — as well as an unofficial “reference copy” — from the ULS License Manager. READ MORE...


February Mentoring Class Info  

  (UPDATE) (Feb 7, 2015) - -  Our February Mentoring Program was conducted on Saturday, Feb 7tg at the Senior Center. This training was conducted by John Wagner, N8CD and was part of a series on Direction Finding. This part was on the construction of a Variable Offset (Active) Attenuator built from a kit.

John began with the basics of soldering, a skill all radio operators should have. This included proper safety techniques, the theory of how an attenuator works and testing out the kit when completed.

Approximately 10 club members took part in this session including builders and mentors. John's program included an excellent powerpoint presentation following step by step help and guidance in building the K0OV kit from Marvin West, KE6HTS. The kit included a great looking case from the famous Altoids Mint Tin.

Everyone had a fun time during this mentoring session and learned a lot. We especially want to thank John, N8CD for the time he spent preparing this training session including the individual help he and his mentors provided the members. Everyone's kit went together fine and all worked !

Our March and April Mentoring Sessions will continue this theme as we build the famous Tape-Measure Beam used for DX'ing and some actual field training during April.

John has made available the powerpoint presentation for those who missed the training. You can view it by clicking the following link.    http://bit.ly/marc-kit

Some pictures of the event are posted below...

 

The members enjoyed a great presentation

 

The build station with lots of help provided !


MARC Annual Club Dues  

  (Feb 6, 2015) - - Your annual club dues are now due ! Cost for each member is $15.00. Cost for the XYL is just $7.50 and each child who wants to become a member.

Many members renewed at the club banquet but we still have many who have not renewed. The deadline is the end of March when we will compile the 2015 roster.

Renewing is easy ! Just mail your check to the club Treasurer Gary Kline, WC8W to 6500 Highton St SW, Navarre, OH 44662. You can also renew at any club meeting.

Your dues help support this fine organization and the work we due both for our members and the community. We participate in the Annual ARRL Field Day exercise that always includes a great Field Day Fiest, we sponsor the annual MARC Hamfest and the many great club programs we have every year. This is but a few of the many members benefits we offer here at the MARC.

Remember - We Don't Want to Lose A Single Member !


Proper Station Grounding Class  

    (Jan 18, 2015) - - The clubs first Mentoring Program was held on Saturday, Jan 17th with about 20 members and guests in attendance. The class was held at the Massillon Senior Center.

This months Mentor was James Andrews, KD8VT and the class covered proper station grounding for your shack. The training included a very informative powerpoint presentation and lecture from James. The attendees learned the basics of station grounding including lightning protection for your equipment and tower installations. James also included some show & tell on various types of coax and hard line usage.

The club provided coffee and donuts for the morning. Thanks also to James XYL who brought an assortment of cookie's and cupcakes.

The presentation was excellent and well received by everyone. James also will provide a copy of the powerpoint that will be posted to the club's website for those who couldn't attend.

Our first Mentoring Class was well received by the attendee's


DX Engineering Open House  

See parts for DX Engineering   (Jan 18, 2015) -  -  Members of the MARC and amateurs around the area attended MFJ Day at DX Engineering on Saturday, January 10th.

This was a perfect opportunity for Ham Radio enthusiasts to shake off the winter doldrums and make some "eyeball" QSOs with friends. Martin F. Jue and the DX Engineering staff were on hand for consultation, technical advice and new product information.

I saw many folks carrying out new purchases thanks to the many deals being offered. A good time was had by all and we look forward to the next "Open House".

A nice crowd arrived at DX Engineering !

The store was stocked with good prices !

The small show room was busy with folks !


New Club Repeater Updates  

  (Nov 17, 2014) - - As many of our club members have noticed, we have a new 147.18 repeater in operation. It is a Yaesu "Fusion" DR-1X Multi-Mode repeater. What is a Multi-Mode repeater you ask? Unlike the Icom D-Star system, the Fusion will function with both digital and analog radios. The Fusion system uses what is called "C4FM FDMA" digital encoding and is not compatible with other digital modes such as D-Star, DMR, NXDN and P25.

Because it is compatible with existing analog radios, nobody will be required to buy new radios, but when it comes to replace your existing mobile or HT, you may want to consider a Multi-Mode version.

The new repeater has been in service since October 27, 2014. During the short time we've had it on the air, it has been getting rave reviews. If you thought our previous repeater had good performance, you will be pleasantly surprised at the way the new one is working.

So far, only analog radios have been in use. Digital radios will be showing up before long. When digital mode is in effect, you will hear what sounds like a rush of noise on your analog radios. To eliminate this noise, you will need to enable your CTCSS (PL) decode. The repeater still uses the 110.9 Hz CTCSS to gain access and also transmits the same CTCSS tone when transmitting in the analog mode. The tone is not present when in the digital mode, so your CTCSS decode will block the noise.

Presently only a small group of club members are using the new Yeasu digital style radio's and there has been very little digital voice showing up on the repeater.

We are still learning the operational characteristics of the new repeater and we will pass along updates as we are able.

Our thanks to the members of the club for purchasing this new technology that will take the MARC into tomorrow's world of communication !

De Ralph, K8HSQ - MARC President.

 


Why An Antenna Radiates  

   (Mar 31, 2014) - - During our Technician Class, club member Fred Reed, KD8SMO brought to our attention a good article he came upon regarding amateur antenna theory. The title is "Why an Antenna Radiates" and was first published by QST Magazine in November 1992. The author was Kenneth Macleish, W7TX.

This is a very interesting article and is worth reading for all radio operators. We originally thought about adding it to the club newsletter but we only have a finite amount of space available each month. We don't have this limit on the website and have added the complete pdf article for you to download and read.

Thanks to Fred for bringing this story to our attention, we hope you enjoy reading it !   Click Here to download the pdf.

 


A Bit of Repeater History !

  The clubs 147.18 Repeater is the high profile wide area coverage repeater in Western Stark county and has been for quite some time. But it wasn't always so, in fact at one time it was not even a repeater at all !  Learn about the colorful history of the repeater thanks to an early issue of the clubs newsletter that I recently found.

 Click here to read the full story.


What is the MARC ?

Since 1927, the Massillon Amateur Radio Club has been a diverse radio hobbyist club that is currently over 80 members strong. Active within our community as well as an ARRL Special Service Club, we are actively involved in many facets of Amateur Radio, including Public Service, Membership, Field Day, Repeaters, Amateur Television (ATV), Skywarn plus many other interests. 

You are welcome to join us at our monthly club meetings held on the first Friday of each month at 8:00 PM at the Massillon Senior Citizens Center, located at 39 Lincoln Way West, Massillon, Ohio 44647. We usually monitor the club's 147.18 repeater, give us a call and we'll guide you in !

MARC owns and operates repeaters in the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. Our annual Hamfest is held at the Massillon Boy's & Girls Club in Massillon. We have a large indoor hamfest area, as well as ample outdoor parking. The prizes are some of the best you'll find at any area hamfest and the bargains are many.As a club member, not only will you have access to the autopatches on our 2m and 70 cm repeaters, but you will also receive a monthly subscription to our newsletter, Feedback. In each issue you will find published, the minutes of the previous month's meeting, informative articles, and interesting narratives by our club members.

  The club owns an emergency response communications trailer that is stocked with radio equipment and back up batteries, as well as a generator. With little notice, MARC can have an emergency station on the air, ready to provide any help we can. Our club station, located at the Senior Center, contains an HF station, VHF and UHF gear, and a computer system. The station is open to any club member, during the hours that the center is open. The club also sponsors quarterly VE Exams quarterly at the Emergency Operations Center located at the Stark County Sheriff's office and during our annual Hamfest. Please check the link for times and specific dates.

 

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Miscellaneous News


Current  Events

VE Exam Session on Saturday, March 7th at the Stark County EOC. Registration begins at 8:00 AM.

March Mentoring Class is on Saturday, March 7th at the Senior Center. Class will cover the building of a Tape Measure Beam for Fox Hunting. 

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  Great Lakes Director Updates

 

 
  Click Here for updates from the Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK.

 

  FCC News
 
 

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The FCC Question Corner
 
Just exactly when do I have to ID my station ?
 
Q & A on Station Identification.
 
Q.  Do I have to give my call sign at the beginning of a contact ?
 
A.  You only have to ID at the end of the QSO and at least once every 10 minutes during it's course as per Article 97.119(a). There is no requirement to transmit your call at the beginning of a contact but it is customary when calling another station to give your call as part of the exchange so the other station knows who is calling him !
 
Q.  How often do I have to give the call sign of the station I'm talking to ?
 
A.  You are not legally required to mention the other amateur's call at all per Article 97.119(a). The only exception is when handling traffic with foreign stations - you must then give the other station's call sign at the end of an exchange of third party traffic per Article 97.115(c).  

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  Ohio Section News

ARRL News from the Ohio Section is now available by clicking on the above logo. 

News items currently included are the current copy of the Ohio Section Journal, and general section news from Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY.

 

  FOX Hunt News


The MARC sponsors  FOX Hunts to increase technical knowledge in this area and most of all to have fun !. 

We keep the rules simple.

The Fox shall be within Massillon City limits and on public property.

The Massillon Senior Center will be used as starting point.

The first person to find the fox gets to hide it the following month.

Use any equipment you have to find the fox.

Any and all are welcome to join the fun and enjoy the hunt !

The Search for the Elusive Fox !

 
 
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